2017 Featured Author: Maggie Mitchell

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Maggie Mitchell has published short fiction in a number of literary magazines, including the New Ohio Review, American Literary Review, and Green Mountains Review. Her story “It Would Be Different If” is included in the Bedford Introduction to Literature. She teaches English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia. Pretty Is is her first novel.

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Workshop: So You Want to Be a Published Novelist

All writers want to publish. What is the secret to publication? Which directions should a writer take? Should you get an agent? How?

In this two-hour workshop award-winning author Ann Hite will cover the route to publishing your finished work.

  1. Ann will tell her story of how she came into publication.
  2. Preparing your manuscript.
  3. The dreaded query letter.
  4. Publication venues.
  5. What happens when you get a book deal?

There will also be plenty of time dedicated to Q&A, so come with questions!

Tickets are available! Click here to purchase

All proceeds for this event support the 13th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival – March 25th and 26th, 2017.

AhiteAnn Hite is the author of The Storycatcher, Lowcountry Spirit, and Where The Souls Go.  Her debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, became a Townsend Prize Finalist and won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her newest Black Mountain novel, Sleeping Above Chaos, will be released by Mercer University Press in September, 2016. Ann lives in Marietta, Georgia, where she writes her heart out with her husband and daughter nearby.

 

2017 Feature Author: Linda Sands

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Linda Sands is a well-traveled Yankee transplanted to Atlanta via California. Her internationally published legal thriller, Simple Intent, is based on a true story in 1970’s Philadelphia. Linda earned a Kirkus Starred Review for the Southern Gothic novel, Not Waving, Drowning. Her most recent book,  3 Women Walk into a Bar is a 2015 Kindle Scout Winner, Winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for Best P.I., Winner of the 2016 Silver Falchion Judges’ Choice Award for  Neo-Noir, and earned her the title, 2016 Georgia Author of the Year for Mystery.

Her award-winning short stories and essays can be found in Skirt! Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily Post, The Walton Sun, Dana Literary Society, New Works Review, Byline, The Duck & Herring Company Pocket Field Guide, venuszine, zygote in my coffee, BigCityLit, oculartravel, espressofiction, Divine Caroline, NPR’s I Believe, Europe From a Backpack, The Signature Series, Golden Short Stories, O’Georgia! A Collection of Georgia’s Newest and Most Promising Writers, Big Water, Moronic Ox, Weird Year, DogPlotz, and various anthologies. Many of her short works can be found on Amazon and are available for most e-readers through Smashwords.

Agented by Josh Getzler of HSG Agency, Linda’s Cargo crime series introducing badass long-haul trucker Jojo Boudreaux will debut in spring 2017 with Grand Theft Cargo.

(Images and bio from author’s website)

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2017 Featured Author: Erika Marks

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Erika Marks is a native New Englander, raised in Maine, who went to New Orleans to study architectural preservation and promptly fell in love with a man named Ian when they were each walking our dogs on the levee in the rain. They now live in North Carolina with their two children. Marks has worked as a carpenter, an illustrator, an art director for a woodworking magazine, and a cake decorator, and after many years of marriage to a native New Orleanian she is proud to say that she can make a mean gumbo and a praline that peels cleanly off a sheet of waxed paper.

(Images and bio adapted from author’s website)

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2017 Featured Author: Valerie Boyd

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Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and the forthcoming Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood.

She is an Associate Professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, where she teaches magazine writing, arts reviewing and narrative nonfiction. She also has taught creative nonfiction in the graduate writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Valerie earned a bachelor’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1985 and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College in 1999.

An accomplished journalist and cultural critic, Valerie is the former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and she has been published in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in Step Into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature, Ms. magazine,Paste, The Oxford American, Book magazine, Essence,The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Creative Nonfiction, African American Review, The Scholar and Feminist Online and other publications.

She founded EightRock, a cutting-edge journal of black arts and culture, in 1990. In 1992, she co-founded HealthQuest, the first nationally distributed magazine focusing on African-American health.

Wrapped in Rainbows—the first biography of Zora Neale Hurston in 25 years—was published to wide critical acclaim. It was hailed by Alice Walker as “magnificent” and “extraordinary”; by The Washington Post as  “definitive”; by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exhilarating”; and by the Denver Post as “a rich, rich read.”

For her work on Wrapped in Rainbows, Valerie received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in nonfiction as well as an American Library Association Notable Book Award. The Georgia Center for the Book named Wrapped in Rainbows one of the “25 Books That All Georgians Should Read,” and the Southern Book Critics Circle honored it with the 2003 Southern Book Award for best nonfiction of the year.

Valerie is currently finishing her next book, Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood, which will be published by Knopf. She lives in Atlanta.

(Bio and images from author’s website)

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